Waxahachie tennis players took the courts on Friday in 78 degree weather in a tournament entitled Frostbite held in Waxahachie and Ennis.
It is safe to say the athletes did not have to worry about cold weather or frostbite, rather many athletes had to search for the sun screen to keep from getting sun burnt.
“I was very pleased with the effort of all my players yesterday, especially our girl’s singles players who all made it to the quarterfinals,” Waxahachie coach Perry Nutt said. “We had to make some last-minute changes to our line-up due to illness, but that is something that all coaches have to work around during the school year.”
Two boys participated in the singles matches for the Indians while three girls took the court in singles action. Danielle Calhoun had the best finish by any WHS competitor.
“Danielle Calhoun made it to the finals and won second place. I think it was a great singles result considering she has been practicing doubles strategies for a few weeks. She told me that she thought the doubles has made her a better singles player because her volleys have improved quite a bit. I think she is right,” Nutt said.
Calhoun topped Whitehouse (8-0) in the first round of the main draw before defeating Kaufman (9-8) in the second round.
In the quarterfinals she defeated South Lake Carroll (6-0, 6-2). In the semis she topped Wichita Falls (6-2, 6-2) to advance to the finals.
In the finals she lost to Sherman (2-6, 1-6).
Other WHS athletes competing in singles was Cole Brown, Justin Miller, Isabel Cadena and Haley Nutt.
Brown played in three matches winning one. He lone win came in the first round of the consolation bracket against Wichita Falls (8-3).
Miller played in two events falling to Kaufman and Sherman.
Cadena defeated Athens (8-3) in round one and White House (8-5) in round two before falling to Wichita Falls (0-6, 3-6) in the quarterfinals of the girls bracket.
Nutt topped Nacadoches (8-3) in the opening round before defeating Tyler Robert E. Lee (8-4) in the second round. She lost in the quarterfinals to Sherman (0-6, 1-6).
The girls’ doubles team of Marissa Rodriguez and Bri Jarvis lost matches to Wichita Falls and Robert E. Lee while the Mixed doubles team of Conrad Bates and Devin Morgan won two of four events.
Morgan and Bates defeated Whitehouse (8-3) in the first round of the consolation bracket before defeating Southlake Carroll in the quarterfinals. The team lost to Wichita Falls in the consolation semifinals (4-8).
Finally the team of Emily Perez and Elliot Frey won a game against Mexia while losing to Whitehouse and Kilgore.
Waxahachie will take part in the Cedar Hill Valentine Tournament on Friday, Feb 13.